When it comes to planning a vacation, not everything gets equal billing in your mind, does it? For example, deciding what you’re going to do each day, planning where to visit and where to eat are pretty high up on the list, but here are some pretty important things that you should do before you leave on your vacation.
Clean out the fridge and fruit bowl
No one wants to come home to moldy bananas or gone-off ham, so make sure you check the dates on all the food in your fridge and get rid of any perishables that won’t last until you are home. Empty the trash can before you leave too, to make sure you don’t return to a bit of a stench!
Get ready for coming home
Although you probably don’t want to be thinking about the end of your trip when you have not even left yet, your future self will thank you. Have a quick tidy up (especially if you’ve made a mess while packing), put fresh bedding on your bed, and order a grocery shop to be delivered once you’re home, so you don’t have to worry about being hungry and having bare cupboards.
Keep it off social media
Although you are probably desperate to brag about where you are going and for how long, it’s not advisable at all. Some burglars are checking out social media accounts to see when houses will be empty, to find easy targets. If you’ve ever ‘checked in’ at home, this makes it even easier for them! Some insurance companies won’t actually pay out if you’ve done this, so keep your home safe.
Let people know
Although Facebook isn’t the right place for it, you will need to let some people know that you are going on vacation, especially if you are leaving the country. Let your bank know, to avoid them thinking your cards have been stolen and freezing them! Set up an away message on your email account and perhaps ask your neighbors to keep an eye out on your home. Finally, let your family have a copy of your travel itinerary, including flight numbers and hotel contact details, just in case they need to get in touch.
The day before you leave, make sure you spend some time confirming everything from your hotel reservations to your flight details, to avoid any panicking the next day. Double check the weather in your destination, just in case you need to make any changes to what you were planning on traveling in, and make sure you know exactly where your boarding passes and passports are.
Put a hold on it
If you get milk or newspapers delivered, make sure you put a hold on them; otherwise, you may come home to two weeks worth of gone-off milk and built up newspapers. It will also be a clear indicator that no one is home if anyone is scoping out your house. If possible, set up timers for your lights in the house, so that, to anyone passing, it looks as though the house is occupied!
So, before you grab a drink at the airport and head fully into vacation mode, remember to do these things so that everything runs smoothly. Your post-vacation self will thank you that you’ve thought of all these things before going away, trust us!